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Post #2 Creative Nonfiction

Komunyakaa’s story “Blue Machinery” and Wolff’s “Professions for Women” both use aspects of showing in their pieces. Komunyakaa talks about how he was a former soldier in the Vietnam War and how he wants to go to college eventually to his fellow coworkers, like Maria. However, he doesn’t tell how deeply it impacted his psyche and how he thinks about it when he looks upon the character Lily. He also goes through the motions of working on his factory job but inside feels that there is more to life to it. Vietnam is not present either in the text itself but images are floating around in his mind. Both methods are quite effective.

Wolff’s “Professions for Women” also uses showing and telling. She talks about how she is a female writer and how many women have just entered the writing profession. When thing she feels, or shows, is a loathing of how traditional women are supposed to act and how she doesn’t want to act. She doesn’t want to act like the Angel, who is all charming and unselfish. One thing she also tells is how she has the means of supporting herself; writing isn’t a very lucrative career. This gives her an edge over women who can’t afford to go to college without making their own money, which was hard at that time since less money was given to women for jobs than men. ┬áThis is something she shows. She also clearly shows a very strong passion for writing and a desire to better the station of women. Wolff is an angry woman, which is also clearly shown. She also discusses the various projects she has as a writer and the method through which she is paid, which is on average two shillings per article.

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~ by papoufruit on February 5, 2014.

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